CROUCH, Michael. An Element of Luck. To South Arabia and Return. London and New York, The Radcliffe Press, .
8vo. Original boards with illustrated dust-wrappers; pp. xiv, , 270, sketch map and plates after photographs, apart from a few pencil annotations, a fine copy.
Rare first edition, the hardback version. Michael Crouch served as an operative in in South Arabia (Yemen) from 1958 to 1967 and participated in the attempts to achive an orderly withdrawal of the Empire from the ensuing chaos and civil war.
Provenance: John Burke da Silva (1918-2003), was a collector of Middle Eastern art, antiques and books, who had served in the British army from 1940-1946, reaching the rank of major, and was mentioned in despatches. After the war he joined the Foreign Service which took him to many parts of the world, including Bahrain in 1960 and later posts in Hamburg, Aden and Washington. - Together with a letter, dated 1994, from the author to Da Silva, discussing Aden affairs of the past, and a draft of a letter, probably by Da Silva discussing Crouch's book and the writer's own experience in the Middle East.